Veneto area and the history of furniture tradition
In the furniture field, Veneto area is reckoned at the national level like the cradle of wood furniture, appreciated all around Europe since the Eighteen Century; as a demonstration of the international interest for art wood furniture from Veneto, is the fact that during the decadence of the Republic of Veneto, nearly the entire production of furniture of that time was sold back to European buyers.
In the furniture field,
Veneto area is reckoned at the national level like the cradle of wood
furniture, appreciated all around Europe since the Eighteen Century; as a
demonstration of the international interest for art wood furniture from Veneto,
is the fact that during the decadence of
the Republic of Veneto, nearly the entire production of furniture of that time
was sold back to European buyers.
A peculiarity of
the Venetian furniture is the fact that
it was not, in any case, related to a
“court style”, as in Venice there wasn’t a proper court and indeed the Doge and
other aristocratic used to bring their own furniture in the Ducale Palace or in
the other public buildings at the time that they were elected, nevertheless it
is also true that the monasteries in Veneto (like Saint Justine in Padua, the
Frari and Saint George in Venice), the big cathedrals (Treviso, Verona) and
later on the Seminars, developed their own different styles.
The city with the
most ancient furniture tradition is certainly Padua: in Petrarch residence at
Arquà there are some among the most ancient furniture ever realized in the
Veneto tradition, which are of the same age as a sacristy closet, still now
conserved in the Scrovegni Chapel and which dates back to the 1300; the second
half of the Fifteen Century has experiences an increase in the furniture
production, caused by the growth of the trade with the East and by the stay of
some artists from Florence in the Veneto area, like Paolo Uccello and Donatello,
who diffused the renaissance style in Padua area and in the surrounding areas.
Then the taste for
inlay, engraving and the prestigious aesthetical styles begun to spread over, first in furniture for
religious buildings and then also in furniture for domestic use, becoming very
common in the cities of Padua, Vicenza, Venice and Treviso; news story of that
time say that in Venice “There is no person so poor that it cannot buy walnut
chests and beds”.
was the year of the great success and of the acknowledgement of Veneto
furniture creation even outside regional borders and was also the year of the
orders by the rich bourgeoisie and by the Italian and European nobility:
Mantua dukes for example asked their
ambassador to find just made-in-Venice furniture for their Palace.
Also the increasing
importance of the feminine figure, pushed Veneto furniture industry to design
and realize some furniture expressively dedicated to women’s world, as bathroom
accessories, toilette furniture, small writing boards etc. ; then the fall of
the Republic of Veneto had some recoils even on the furniture industry and on
‘900 in Veneto is characterized by a new producing method, that is the industrial furniture production: laboratories were often medium- small sized and that allowed to the old-school craftsmen to start again the production of the furniture excellence from Veneto.
Article written by Serena Rigato
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